Hamptons Hot Picks: Saturday, March 4

Cold, schmold. The Hamptons calendar knows no such thing as inclement weather, even in March. There’s plenty of cool things to do tomorrow. Here are a few of my favorites.


ZIMA! is happening in Montauk on Saturday. Yay! Photo stolen from Kate Mueth.               Hope she doesn’t mind.   : )))

Kate Mueth and The Neo-Political Cowgirls present ZIMA! On Saturday, March 4, starting at 2 p.m. Bundle up and journey through downtown Montauk to find a whole slew of hidden Goddesses while enjoying some truly magical theater in celebration of winter. Fun for the whole family, this full scavenger hunt takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how fast or slow you go. $5 per person. Sponsored by The Montauk Playhouse.


The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons is hosting a Roundtable discussion on organic pest and disease control on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to noon a the Bridgehampton Community House. Pamela Harwood will moderate.


Art Unprimed’s “Terra,” a new group exhibition opens at the gallery in Sag Harbor on Saturday, March 4, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Participating artists include: Scott Bluedorn, Jane Martin, Mica Marder, Charles Ly, Bruce Lieberman, Dalton Portella, Michele Dragonetti, Traute Worschech, Will Ryan, Dennis Leri, Francisco Aliotta, Jessica Dalene. Bluedorn will give an artist’s talk from 5 to 6 p.m. The show hangs through March 19.


The Hamptons International Film Festival is hosting a screening of “I Am Not Your Negro” at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday, March 3, at 6 p.m.

Southampton Historical Museum is opening the “Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry” exhibition with a reception on Saturday, March 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Rogers Mansion. It will remain on view through December 30, 2017.


Polar Bear Plunge & Other Hot Picks


From a Polar Bear Plunge of yore. Dawn Watson photos. 

Brrrrrrr. It’s that time of year again so strip down to your skivvies (of the bathing suit variety please) and head to Coopers Beach in Southampton tomorrow morning for the annual Polar Bear Plunge. The 13th annual festivities start with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the cannon fire will tell us that it’ll be time to take the Plunge at 10 a.m. sharp. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Human Resources of the Hamptons.



Also happening this weekend, the Hampton Ballet Theatre School‘s production of “Nutcraker” at Guild Hall in East Hampton. The popular holiday-themed ballet will stage on Friday, December 9, at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 10, at 1 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m.

On the stage in Quogue, the Hampton Theatre Company presents “Joy to the World,” an evening of holiday readings to celebrate the wonders of the season, tonight, Friday, December 9, starting at 7 p.m.



Beautiful scenes of wintertime will be on display over at the Southampton Cultural Center, with an opening reception planned for the East End Arts Invitational Art Exhibition “Island Winters” on Friday, December 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show features the work of five regional award-winning photographic artists: Paul Dempsey,  Michael McLaughlin, James Sabiston,  Steven Schreiber and James Slezak.


LTV in Wainscott is throwing a shindig tonight, Friday, December 9, in celebration of its 32nd year. Want to go? RSVP right now to  info@ltveh.org. And bring a non-perishable food item with you as admission, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

The Maureen’s Haven Ugly Sweater Party and Winter Fundraiser will be held at the Greenport Brewery on Friday, December 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. Have a beer, enjoy some cheer, and help raise money for this worthy nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight homelessness on Long Island.



The Southampton Historical Museum is hosting its annual Hearthside Cheer Holiday at the Rogers Mansion on Saturday, December 10, at 5:30 p.m. This year’s big shebang will be a Festive Fifties Party, inspired by the decade, not the age. Dress in 1950s attire to amp up the neato fun.



Another popular regular returns to the stage, after being away for too long, to the delight of its fans all over the East End. This weekend  The East End Special Players bring an original production, “Trouble in Jamaica,” to Bay Street in Sag Harbor on Saturday, December 10, at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, December 10, the Southampton Arts Center will host  “An Evening of Cabaret with Valerie diLorenzo” starting at 7 p.m. The multi-award-winning NYC cabaret artist, accompanied by Steven Silverstein, will present an evening of songs, stories, and laughter as she muses on her journey through the Great American songbook and the history behind some of our best loved songs. Composers featured in the concert will include Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Joni Mitchell, Irving Berlin, and Elvis Presley, to name a few.

yawp-high-school-2015Also, it’s that time of year again for YAWP. The  Young Artists and Writers Project High School Playwrights Festival will be held on Saturday, December 10, at 7 p.m. at the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton. This year’s program will include six short plays written and performed by local, NYC and international high school students, including those from YAWP playwriting classes at Pierson High School and Eastport South Manor,  the YAWP Summer Workshops at Stony Brook Southampton, and the recent YAWP Scriptwriting Retreat, which included students from Pierson, the Harlem Educational Activities Fund  in New York City and Robert College of Istanbul, Turkey.

Lastly, here are two more  — a Gift Making event for kids at the Montauk Library and a Holiday Trunk Show featuring a few of our friends. Cheers!





History Gets Its Due (and $$) in Southampton


Photo by Emma Ballou

Congrats to the Southampton Historical Museum, which is the beneficiary of a big money grant, courtesy The Gardiner Foundation. The amount is $50,500 of matching grant dollars, to be used for the restoration of the Red Creek Schoolhouse located on the grounds of the Rogers Mansion Museum Complex in the Village of Southampton.

On Tuesday, the Historical Museum shared that Katherine Curran, executive director of the Gardiner Foundation, gave the check to Tom Edmonds, executive director of the Southampton Historical Museum. Witnesses included Bob Beck, president of the Southampton Historical Museum and Stephen Funsch, village administrator for the Village of Southampton.


Stephen Funsch, Tom Edmonds, Katherine Curran and Bob Beck. Photo courtesy Bob Beck

Here’s a bit of history, and a timeline, in case you’re interested:

The schoolhouse was originally constructed in the 1830s to house 40 schoolchildren in the historic village of Red Creek located on the Peconic Bay near the border of Hampton Bays and Flanders. Shipbuilding was the main industry in Red Creek. Between the 1820s and 1870s, Red Creek was an industrious, self-sustaining community with a blacksmith, shoemaker, farmers, carpenters, boatmen, fishermen, baymen, sailors, a general store, a church, and an oil factory. As the whaling industry declined in late 19th century the community of Red Creek disappeared. The schoolhouse is all that remains of Red Creek. It was purchased by the Southampton Historical Museum in 1953 and moved to the Rogers Mansion Museum Complex on Meeting House Lane in the Village of Southampton.

1738 Red Creek laid out by Town proprietors as part of Canoe Place Division.

1795  Jesse & John Terry move to Red Creek and begin buying property

1825 Red Creek develops a city grid layout around existing homes

1830s Terry family develops a thriving shipbuilding business, Red Creek Schoolhouse built

1869 Railroad service begins in Hampton Bays and Red Creek begins its decline

1926 William Hubbard buys the schoolhouse for $100 to store boats

1953 William Hubbard sells the schoolhouse for $400 to the Southampton Historical Museum and the building is moved to its current location in the Village of Southampton.

Today, the schoolhouse is become a popular attraction for Southampton classroom visits to learn education and work activities of Southampton children from nearly 200 years ago.The restoration will preserve this historic building and ensure that it is appreciated by people of all ages. The Southampton Historical Museum was able to match the $50,500 through the sale of the White House on Main Street in Southampton, which was a 2012 bequest.  The Rogers Mansion Museum Complex is one of four properties of the Southampton Historical Museum. Located at 17 Meeting House Lane in the Village of Southampton, it is open March through December, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm.

Photos: Victorian Funeral

Happy Halloween! What better way to kick off today than to post some incredible images from multiple Emmy Award-winning photographer Lenny Stucker, taken during the “Mourning the Victorian Way: A Funeral Reenactment and Graveyard Tour” in Southampton on Saturday. Hosted by the Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center, the event began at Rogers Mansion. From there, the “mourners” carried the casket in a processional, as an actual 19th-century funeral would, down the streets of the village and headed to the North End Cemetery for burial. Not only was this super interesting to-do educational, it also featured a ton of our East End friends. Cool. Wish I could have been there but these pictures are so good it’s like we didn’t miss a thing!

All photos by Lenny Stucker. 

Halloween Hamptons Hot Picks


Calling all hobgoblins, ghouls and ghastly ghosts: it’s officially your time of the year!

Halloween is a big happening here in the Hamptons, and there’s no dearth of things to do. Here are my top choices for freakishly fun events.

On Saturday, October 29, Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center is hosting “Mourning the Victorian Way: A Funeral Reenactment and Graveyard Tour,” starting at the Rogers Mansion at 3 p.m. The event starts with an 1880s funeral service and wake, and will be followed by a mourners walk to nearby North End Cemetery, for the tour of the burying grounds. Dress up in 19th-century mourning attire, and receive discounted admission for wearing all black. Reservations are required, please call the Museum at 631-283-2494.



The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum is offering two walking tours, but check first to see if they are sold out, as I fear they might be because admission is limited for both. On Friday, October 28, it’s “Spirits of Sag Harbor,” a Haunted Walking tour of the village with Annette Hinkle and Tony Garro at 6 p.m. On Sunday, it’s “History Unearthed,” a Walking tour of the Old Burying Ground with Tony Garro at 2 p.m.


On Saturday, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons  is hosting an ARF Halloween Pawty from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Adoption Center in Wainscott. Take a walk along the haunted trail and enter to win best costume for children and pets. Admission is free.


The Southampton Arts Center is continuing its Spooktacular Haunted House tours through out the weekend and wrapping up on Monday, October 31. The center is also screening the scary film “Poltergeist” on Friday night, October 28, at 8 p.m.


The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton is throwing a “Hell of a Halloween”screening party for the super scary movie “The Omen” on Monday, October 31, at 6 p.m. Enjoy sinful treats, such as deviled eggs and devil’s food cake, some rock n’ roll (“the Devil’s Music”), and receive your very own pitchforks and devil horns. This program is free, but registration is highly encouraged, as are costumes. http://www.hamptonlibrary.org

The Southampton Inn is hosting a full-fledged “Murder Mystery Weekend,” from Friday through Sunday, complete with a special accommodation package, plus a reception on Friday night, costume party on Saturday night and brunch on Sunday.

Several local restaurants are also getting into the mood. Kicking off the weekend with a time-honored latin-flavored tradition, La Fondita in Amagansett is celebrating the Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, from Friday through Sunday, October 28 through October 30. Stop by for food specials and festivities.

Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett is getting a jump on things by throwing its Halloween Party on Friday, October 28, starting at 10 p.m. The evening will feature drink specials, complimentary “jelly-o” shots and a $100 gift card will be awarded for the best male and female costume. There will also be prizes for best couple costume, best group costume, scariest costume and more! There will be a $10 cover at the door.


Muse in the Harbor in Sag Harbor is throwing a “Halloween’s a Drag” party and costume contest on Saturday night, October 29, starting at 10 p.m. Cover is $15.

The Southampton Publick House is celebrating Halloween with its annual costume party on Saturday, October, 29, starting at 10 p.m. DJ Dory Seymour spins, plus drink specials, a costume contest and more. There will be a $10 cover at the door. Read my recent review of the Publick House here.

Zigmunds Bar in Bridgehampton is also hosting a Halloween costume party on Saturday night, starting at 9 p.m. DJ Drop D will be spinning retro sounds all night long and there will be prizes for best costumes. No cover.

Solé East in Montauk invites all monsters, ghouls, witches and ghosts to celebrate Halloween in The Backyard to mark the 2016 season’s end on Saturday, October 29, beginning at 8 p.m. The evening will feature free bar food, drink specials and a live DJ. Guests who come in costume will also be entered to win a weekend stay. Admission to the party is free.  Special room rates will be offered for the weekend starting at $99.

Capping the holiday, Rowdy Hall in East Hampton will host its 17th annual “Rowdyween” party on Monday, October 31, from 8 p.m. until the witching hour. A $30 admission fee at the door entitles revelers to one complimentary drink, delicious Rowdy snacks, $5 drafts and $6 well drinks, and a DJ spinning tunes all night. There will be $500 in cash prizes awarded for the best costumes.




Gruesome Playground Injuries, Kid Lit & Old Haunts


A name like “Gruesome Playground Injuries” certainly grabs the attention. I’m quite interested to see more of this play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, which is staging at Guild Hall in East Hampton starting Thursday, October 27.

I don’t know a lot about the play (yet) but I do know that it’s not, thankfully, about blood and guts around the merry-go-round or anything like that. Instead, it tells the story of Kayleen and Doug, who first meet in the nurse’s office of their elementary school. Over the next 30 years, they are brought together again and again by injury, heartbreak and, on occasion, their own self-destructive tendencies. gruesome-playground-injuries-1

The play comes out East courtesy Genny Productions, a new theatrical production company that is founded by Brian Clemente (who has worked under Steve Hamilton a time or two at Guild Hall), Jacob Alden Roa, Julia Masotti and Mary Ragus. The show stars Julia Masotti and Jacob Alden Roa and stages through Sunday, October 30. Purchase tickets here.


Did you know that children’s literature, aka “kid lit,” is the fastest growing segment of the publishing world? Apparently ’tis. For those writers who are interested in learning more about this potentially lucrative market, Stony Brook Southampton has a terrific opportunity with its Children’s Literature Fellows program, developed by Patricia McCormick, Emma Walton Hamilton and the MFA in Creative Writing program at Stony Brook Southampton.

The distance learning, one-year certificate program with one-on-one instruction from successful kids’ lit authors like McCormick–working in picture books, middle grade novels, and YA fiction and creative nonfiction–addresses the needs of those writers who want to develop their craft but who may not have the time or the resources to enable enrollment in a full MFA degree program.  The deadline for applications for the 2017 Children’s Literature Fellows program is December 1, 2016.



Lastly, for those wanting to get a jumpstart on the upcoming spooky weekend, the Southampton Historical Museum has just the thing with its free “Historic Haunts of Long Island” program, which will be held at Rogers Mansion in Southampton on Thursday,
October 27, at 11 a.m. There the award-winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky will take her audience on a ghostly journey through Long Island’s History and sign copies of her book “Historic Haunts of Long Island.” The event is co-sponsored by the Rogers Memorial Library.




Hamptons Hot Picks: Saturday, October 8


A sprited scene from “La La Land,” which screens today at HIFF. 

I’m so excited that it’s Day Three of the Hamptons International Film Festival. The terrific event is rolling along wonderfully, and there are lots more movies to see and people to meet in the next few days. But that’s not all. There are so many other things happening this weekend in the Hamptons.

Of course HIFF is not the only game in town. Here are a few of my Hot Picks for today, Saturday, October 8. Check back in tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow for more HIFF coverage (including inspirational words from Aaron Eckhart), party pix, Hot Picks and more.


The Southampton Historical Museum is hosting a free Walking Tour: Olde Southampton After Dark today from 4 to 5 p.m. The tour, led by Zach Studenroth, will be held at the Old Southampton Burying Ground, on the corner of Little Plains and Post Lane. Please park on Post Lane.


Harbor Hot Tubs is hosting a Grand Opening celebration in Southampton today and tomorrow, October 8 and 9. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. either day for onsite demonstrations, giveaways and a chance to win a free hot tub. http://www.sparklingpools.com


Eric Meola’s “Thunder Road” image of Bruce Springsteen. 

The Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor is hosting an opening reception for Eric Meola’s “Born to Run” photos of Bruce Springsteen today from 6 to 8 p.m. The photographer will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, “Streets of Fire.”


Realism Rocks at Ashawagh Hall in The Springs this weekend, opening with a reception today from 5 to 8 p.m. The curated exhibit features original paintings by nine artists—Emma Ballou, Aubrey Grainger, Ann Lombardo, Keith Mantell, Lucille Berrill Paulsen, Leo Revi, Joanne Rosko, Eileen Dawn Skretch and Pamela Thomson—and will be on view through Monday. Call 268-8580 for additional information.


Castello di Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue is hosting an opening reception for “Mid-Life Christ-Is: New and Recent Work by Outsider Artist Robert Perez,” marking his 50th Birthday, today, Saturday, October 8, from 3 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view through the end of the month.